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On Sunday, December 4th at 2 pm the Armchair Theatre of the Charlevoix Circle of Arts hosted a holiday open house called, “All is Bright”. To celebrate the season, piano stylist Ruth Willis featured holiday music joined by Santa played by guitarist Billy P and his elf, vocalist Kate Heady. The timeless classic movie, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens was playing during the day.
“All is Bright” will conclude the 2016 season of Armchair Theatre at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts. It will be the 30th program produced by the Armchair Theatre since its debut of “Poe’s Last Night” showcasing David Crawford, internationally known actor at Castle Farms in the summer of 2014. The performances have included plays, orations, dance dancing and music, featuring both professional and amateur actors and musicians from Northwest Michigan.
Jake Slater, Elvis tribute artist, certainly did not disappoint at the Castle Farms on Wednesday, July 13!
Ruth Willis, founder of Armchair Theatre at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts, will be leading a 5-part Actors Workshop beginning in June.
The workshop is designed for those with recreational or professional goals – ages 15 and up. Exercises cover voice, movement, imagination, scripted scene study, stage terms and a bit of theatre history. Get off to a good start or expand the acting range and presentation skills you already have.
Willis has taught beginning through advanced acting for 14 years at Point Park University and the Open Stage Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA. She was an instructor at the Contemporary Art Museum and the Jewish Community Center in Houston, TX. She also created and headed the Experimental Wing at the Country Playhouse in Houston.
Ruth has awards for acting and directing as well as lifetime achievement in her theatre career. Her directing credits include “The Diaries of Adam and Eve,” “Charles Ives, Take Me Home,” “The Gin Game” “Spoon River Anthology” and “The Good Doctor,” at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts.
Duo Vif is a clarinet-saxophone duo based in Western Maryland. Both faculty members in the music department at Frostburg State University, Mark Gallagher and Brent Weber began playing together in Spring of 2013. Their varied repertoire consists of music from several stylistic periods including works by Georg Philip Telemann, Bernhard Henrik Crusell, Francis Poulenc to the more contemporary literature of Roshanne Etezady, Gregory Wanamaker, David DeBoor Canfield, William Albright, Nikola Resanovic, and Violet Archer. The group did a recent tour of Southern Oregon and future tours are scheduled for the southeastern United States and France and Spain in 2015.
A great night at the Circle with performances of The Light Fantastic!
Bravo to director Sandy Miles, and the cast of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood" performed on Sunday June 12 at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts!
MUSIC TO KEEP WARM WITH
November 13 at 2 pm
Charlevoix Circle of the Arts Armchair Theatre is delighted to present “Music to Keep Warm With”, Sunday November 13th at 2 p.m. The audience will enjoy listening and dancing to the music of The Friends of The Charlevoix City Band under the direction of Gary Stutzman. with vocalist JoAnne Beemon, guitarist Rick Beemon and percussionist Alex King.
Performing Arts Events
Mark Gallagher and Brent Weber of Duo Vif to perform on Tuesday August 15th beginning at 7 pm. There will be a master class offered prior to the concert from 6-7 pm for students interested in studying with Mark and Brent!
Harvest of Homegrown Talent
Charlevoix Men’s Chorus
Music of Dwain Martin and Jessica Dominic
Some of the highlights of the 2016 season: